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Established by the Hamptons Arts Network (HAN), the fund will award one-time unrestricted grants of $1,000 to visual artists, performers, filmmakers, writers, dancers, musicians, and teaching artists who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. In order to be eligible, artists must be living in New York State zip codes beginning with 119, and have maintained residence there for one year or longer.

Recipients for the award will be selected through a randomized lottery system, and a minimum of 100 grants will be awarded. Additional award cycles will open as funding allows.


In order to be be eligible for this award, applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a practicing artist and/or teaching artist with a demonstrated history of exhibitions, performances, film screenings, classes/courses, and/or publication(s), etc. within at least the past three years;
  • A full-time resident, for a minimum of one year, in a New York State zip code beginning with “119”; 
  • 21 years of age or older;
  • Experiencing a dire financial emergency due to the COVID-19 crisis;
  • If awarded, recipients must be able to provide a W9, with a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
  • Cannot be employees, board members, directors, officers, or immediate family members of the aforementioned organizations, of any HAN organization or the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).


Contact information. Applicants will need to supply their full legal name and current contact information, including address, phone number, and email.

Demonstration of artistic activity. Applicants must demonstrate artistic activity by providing an up-to-date artist CV/resume and at least one supporting material, including: copies of press, recent grant award/residency letter(s), exhibition materials, and/or a link to their artist website or their gallery’s website. The applicant’s CV/resume and supporting materials should demonstrate artistic activity for at least the past three years.

Description of financial emergency. Applicants will need to provide a short narrative, up to 300 words, describing their current financial emergency as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. This may include loss of employment/income or accrual of emergency medical expenses that has compromised their food security, ability to pay rent/mortgage, medical bills, etc.

Proof of financial emergency. Applicants must provide at least one material demonstrating loss of income/employment or accrual of emergency medical expenses as a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis. These materials should highlight recent job loss/opportunity postponement, medical emergency expenses, etc, and can include email, letters, invoices, or personal communication, including date/time stamped text messages.

Evidence of living and working in NYS 119 zip code. Upload two documents confirming residency in a New York State zip code beginning with 119. Evidence submitted must be on an official company document/letterhead, stating name, date, and address (the address does not need to be the same for each document. Applicants must upload one document from 2020, and one from 2019 or prior.

Proof of age. Enter date of birth. Nominees will be asked to upload passport or state-issued ID upon selection for the award, but not within the application.

For a list of FAQ's, please visit our website here.

The Hamptons Arts Network (HAN) is a consortium of not-for-profit organizations working together to create a unified arts community of the Hamptons. Current member organizations include: Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Dia: Dan Flavin Art Institute, East Hampton Historical Society, Eastville Community Historical Society, Guild Hall, HamptonsFilm, Hamptons Doc Fest, LongHouse Reserve, The Madoo Conservancy, Parrish Art Museum, Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center, Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center & Museum, Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center, Southampton African American Museum, Southampton Arts Center, Southampton Cultural Center, Southampton History Museum, The Watermill Center.

To learn more about the Hamptons Arts Network, visit hamptonsartsnetwork.org 

Questions? Email us at [email protected].

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